The Big Wild Goose Pagoda Musical Fountain is located in Xian City, China. It is the largest musical water fountain in Asia and has the longest fountain light bar in existence. The fountain offers more than 20 different spray patterns. These spray patterns are used to create a beautiful waterscape that delights visitors. In addition to shooting water, these jets have the ability to shoot fire!
Fontana de Trevi (or Trevi Fountain) is located in Rome, Italy. It is the largest baroque fountain in the world. The fountain is located at the end of the Rome’s Aqua Virgo aqueduct. The fountain represents the many moods of the sea. The fountain features Neptune who is flanked by tritons. The Trevi Fountain was completed in 1762. The fountain is approximately 83 feet tall and 65 feet wide. Many movie scenes have been filmed in front of this beautiful fountain, including Dolce Vita, Roman Holiday and Three Coins in a Fountain. The water in the fountain is said to represent the sea. It’s more spectacular than the usual outdoor water features if we may say so.
The Charybdis Fountain is located in Seaham Hall in Sunderland, UK. This vortex fountain was created by William Pye, a water artist. This fountain was designed to show the legend of Charybdis stealing Hercules’ oxen. When Charybdis, a siren, did this, Zeus punished her by striking her down with a lightning bolt, which turned her into a swirling vortex that swallowed ships. The Charybdis Fountain is the largest vortex fountain in the world. The fountain is encased in a clear polymer. The vortex rises into the air every 15 minutes. When this happens, it looks like the water is standing.
La Joute Fountain is located in Montreal, Canada. It was designed in 1969 by the artist Jean Paul Riopelle. It is a kinetic sculpture surrounded by a pool. This pool ignites into a ring of flames that lasts for several minutes. The pool is circled by bronze statues of both humans and animals. As the gas is ignited, a dense mist settles over the statues creating an illusion of fire, smoke and water. Simply stunning!
The Castle Square Fountain is located in Swansea, Wales. Although there is nothing particularly remarkable about this fountain itself, it does have a unique tradition. On March 1 (St. David’s Day), the water is dyed a deep red color to look like blood and kept that way until March 9. St. David’s Day is the Welsh version of St. Patrick’s Day. Because the water is dyed red, it is often referred to as the blood fountain.
The Mercury Fountain is located in Barcelona, Spain. It was created by Alexander Calder to memorialize the siege of Almaden. The fountain was first displayed in 1937 in Paris during the World Exhibition. Later, it was moved to its final resting place in Barcelona. The fountain was made of mercury. At this time in history, the effects of mercury were unknown; however, now, the fountain is located behind glass to protect visitors from the harmful effects of breathing mercury vapors or touching mercury.